MCPV03A – Advanced Portrait Photography

Weekend Workshop / Tutor: Mella Travers / Max. 8 per class


This Advanced Class is for those experienced and professional photographers who want to learn portrait photography or just want to enhance their skills.
We as the photographer bring ourselves into every image we take; be it landscape, documentary or portrait. It is what makes an image of the same scene unique to each photographer. In turn the viewer brings in their own visual experience when they view an image.
In a portrait, when a subject is in front of a camera their expression changes continuously, it is us as the photographer to chooses the moment in which we decide to click the shutter and capture that unique essence of the subject. Lighting can create a mood, evoke drama or quietness. It can be soft and hard and it can change the shape of someone’s face, the same with the lens that you use. The relationship of you and the sitter is paramount to the success of every shoot.
The First Day will be a mix of demonstration and practical based learning. We will be looking at different techniques used to pose your model and lighting set ups, gain an understanding of what you want from your subject and how to get it, and also what your subject wants from the shoot. The second day you will be photographing 2 different models and putting the skills from the first day into practice in the studio and on the street using a mix of daylight and flash.

Course 2017

November Course Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th


10.30am-4.30pm (includes an hour for lunch)



You can book the course by email/phone or through the Paypal button below

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Mella Travers

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Mella has worked in photography for over 25 years, including the fashion industry and commercial areas. She has exhibited in Ireland and internationally and taught on a variety of different third level and adult education courses. In 2011 she founded and built Dublin’s newest open access darkroom. The Darkroom was set up in Block T, but has now moved to The Brunswick Collective in Stoneybatter and now incoorporates two darkrooms, a photo studio and workshop area. Mella holds an honors’ BA in Photography from the University of Westminster, London and a distinction in FETAC’s Train the Trainer course.